By JACK SOWERS
Reprinted courtesy of The Worthington News/SNP ¯2005
After months of taxiing in the planning stages, the first meeting for two advisory committees for Ohio State University¯s Don Scott Airfield finally has been cleared for takeoff.
The airport advisory board and the noise committee, which consists of representatives from nearby municipalities, airport users, regional authorities and the neighborhood advocacy group We Oppose Ohio State (Airport) Expansion, will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. Thursday at the airport site inside the Ohio State Aeronautical and Astronautical Research Laboratory, 2300 W. Case Road.
William ¯Bud¯ Baeslack, dean of OSU¯s College of Engineering, had originally set the meeting between the participants for Nov. 28, then pushed back the date to Monday, Dec. 5.
¯In talking to the participants of advisory board, (Monday) was an inconvenient time. Thursday worked better,¯ said Cathy Ferrari, the airport¯s new manager for external relations.
¯It was to try to get a consensus of as many board members as possible.¯
In the time it has taken to establish a firm date for the first meeting, nearly all of the committee members have been named.
Representatives to the 14-member airport advisory board and their affiliations include: Mark Barbash, development director for the city of Columbus; Rosalie Bujarski, president of Columbus Flight Watch; Angela Newland, Columbus Regional Airport Authority; Mike Reynolds, representing airport commercial operator Thrifty Car Rental; Paul Springs, representing Worthington Industries; Jane Brautigam, representing the city of Dublin; Ahmad Al-Akhras of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission¯s transportation department; Dwight Groce, a Northwest Civic Association trustee; Robert Haverkamp, representing the OSU administration; Wayne Williams, a personal aircraft owner; Steve Mershon, representing the village of Riverlea; Michael Elliot, an OSU aviation student; Scott Whitlock, representing the city of Worthington; and Dennis Hennen, the president of WOOSE.
Members of the noise advisory committee and their affiliations include: Vince Papsidero, planning and community development director for the city of Columbus; Don Peters, representing Columbus Flight Watch; Paul Hammersmith, director of engineering for the city of Dublin; Chris Gawronski, representing MORPC transportation department; Paul Baughman, NWCA treasurer; Mike St. Clair, representing the OSU administration; Jay DuRivage, a personal aircraft owner; Mary Jo Cusack, representing the village of Riverlea; Cheryl Chandler, representing the city of Worthington; and Kim Nixon-Bell of WOOSE.
A corporate flight department representative had yet to be named to the noise committee as of Monday.
¯Looking at the participants, I¯m confident that they have the integrity to see through the propaganda and base decisions on the facts that will come out over the course of these meetings,¯ Hennen said. ¯I am also very hopeful that we will able to form groups that will be able to provide the university with constructive advice upon which they will act.
¯I am hopeful the wide range of expertise and experience that will be on the committees will help the university in developing an airport plan that is compatible both with the surrounding communities and with regional transportation,¯ Hennen said.
Thursday¯s first meeting will be largely introductory, Ferrari said, with formal future meeting dates and times yet to be decided. Presentations by Baeslack and airport Director Doug Hammon will include the latest information about the airport¯s new noise-complaint tracking system, slated for installation at the airport in early January.
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